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Get Ready for the Fall Business Networking Season!
We have been working hard to bring training, learning and connecting events for the entrepreneurial community in Durham Region. Below are some highlights of what is in the pipeline on the Fall business event calendar!
Up! Sales Talks
Join us for UP! A series of practical and candid sales talks by experts in the trenches. We have a great selection of experts who are working their craft in the field of sales and will be sharing their personal stories about their success and tactics they use to be the best in their field.
September 19
Kevin Folk , Co-Founder & COO of AWARE Beverages Inc.(SoCIAL LITE Vodka) REGISTER

Oc tober 17
Audrey Jamieson, President, Marketing Kitchen REGISTER

No vember 14
Russ Montague, President & CEO, Co-Founder, Nerd Block REGISTER

Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Location: Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre Street South, Whitby, L1N 4W2
Business Workshops
BACD has partnered with The Maker's Hub to help makers to think like a business owner. Subjects cover websites, pricing, sale strategies and funding options.

All events are held at The Maker's Hub, 1200 Phillip Murray Ave, Unit #5 Oshawa L1J 6Z8

For more information visit:
Planning A Winning Website September 11 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm REGISTER

Pricing for Profit
September 25 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm REGISTER

Rock Your Holiday Sales
October 23 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm REGISTER

It's All About the Money
November 8 @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm REGISTER
How To Project Event Series
This is a new hands-on event series to help you make more sales.
Presented by:  Marcus Dickinson
If you find training events boring, you’ve clearly never met Marcus.

Dynamic energy, a genuine passion for people, and a relentless drive to see others succeed, Marcus delivers knowledge in a unique and engaging way.

If you’re ready for unparalleled fun and learning that will stay with you, you’ve come to the right place at the right time.
Event location :
BACD Office, 3000 Garden Street, Whitby
Cost : $35 (+EventBrite fee) per session
Pitch, Please
Learn how to develop: intrigue statements, 60/30 second and 1 sentence pitches.

September 20 @ 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Step 1, Profit
This half day workshop will teach you how to reverse engineer your income goals for the next year, and how to accomplish them.

October 10 @ 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Keep Calm and Close the Deal
This half day workshop will help Increase your closing ratio by letting clients close the deal for you.

December 5 @ 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Get Your Business Online Workshops
BACD has teamed up with Google to bring you this workshop series to help businesses get online and grow.
Cost for each session is $10 (+ EventBrite fee) except during Do It In Durham week when the events are free.

Event location : BACD Office, 3000 Garden Street, Suite 200, Whitby ON L1R 2G6

To see the full list of our events go to:
Get Found on Google
September 20 @ 9:30am - 11:00am REGISTER

Make Your Website Work For You September 27 @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm REGISTER

Reach Your Customers Online with Google October 18 @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm REGISTER

Succeeding in a Micro Moments World November 8 @ 9:30am - 11:00am REGISTER

Using Data to Drive Growth
November 13 @ 9:30am - 11:00am REGISTER

Tips for Measuring Online Success November 14 @ 9:30am - 11:00am

Sharing Your Story through Video December 6 @ 9:30 - 10:30am REGISTER

Drive Business Growth with Email Marketing December 12 @ 9:30am - 10:30am REGISTER
Business Mix and Mingle @FastStart Durham College
Come out and join FastStart and BACD at the brand new Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham College. 

Enjoy light refreshments in this beautiful setting meeting fellow entrepreneurs and business people and opening new opportunities for your business.

September 25 @ 4-pm - 6pm REGISTER
The Collective Co-Working Space Entrepreneurial Workshops
BACD has partnered with The Collective co-working space in Bowmanville to bring a series of business workshops. The Collective is a space dedicated to people who believe in collaboration, gathering sharing and creativity.
Top Tech Tools to Use in Your Business
September 27 @ 1pm - 3pm REGISTER

Starting Smart
October 18 @ 9:30am - 11:30am REGISTER

The Conscious Canvas - Your Business Model
November 22 @ 1pm - 3pm REGISTER
Spiritual Principles for Your Business
November 29 @ 1pm - 3pm REGISTER

Knowing Your Numbers
December 12 @ 1pm - 3pm REGISTER

This series of events are being held at The Collective Offices, 93 King Street West, Bowmanville, ON L1C1R2
Join us to hear the stories of success, get inspired and learn success tools to help your business grow!

Small Business Forum
Taking place during Small Business Week, Heart of Networking Events has partnered with BACD to bring you an annual full day forum for Connection, Education and Opportunity!
In Partnership with
Digital Durham Symposium
November 1, 2018

Learn how to maximize Digital Marketing in your Small Business!

One day event focuses on Digital Marketing Strategies and Online Tools to help Small Businesses grow!

Add the date to your Calendar!
For more information, go to:
Are you a business in Durham Region? Enter BACD's Pitch2Win Business Competition for your chance to win prizes, free training and an opportunity to create the best elevator pitch ever!

Deadline for applications: Friday 14th September, 2018
Open to registered businesses operating between 1 to 5 years in the Durham Region. Space is limited. Restrictions apply. #DoItInDurham
Summer Company Wrap Up
Congratulations to the twenty one students that went through the Summer Company program and started a business. It was a pleasure working with you, and watching you grow as entrepreneurs! 

Thank you to Marlon Shaw from  Speak And Grow Your Business  for sharing the '5 P's of entrepreneurship'. In addition, we would like to thank  Celina Caesar-Chavannes MP , Lorne Coe MPP and Mayor Don Mitchell for coming out to support these business owners!
Summer Company program provides Ontario students ages 15-29 up to $3,000 and hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. Apply in January 2019 for next summer!
Kevin D'Arcy, ThinkFuel Marketing
ThinkFuel Marketing provides B2B digital marketing solutions that will increase your sales and that can be measured to ensure marketing dollars have a return on investment.

They offer a completely transparent model that is easy to understand and never leaves you guessing where or why your money is being spent.

Services Offered:
• Lead Generation
• Search Engine Optimization – Be found online
• Content Services (i.e. blogs, whitepapers and eBooks)
• Marketing Automation
• HubSpot Implementation and Maintenance – Streamline your marketing efforts
• Conversion Rate Optimization – Turn visitors into leads
• Email Marketing
• Paid Ad Optimization (Google Ads, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn)
• Inbound Marketing

Their mission is to fill your sales funnel, so the valuable time your salespeople have is spent in front of customers, closing deals.

Telephone: 416-428-8185
Ki Health and Wellness Centre
Grand Opening Event
Congratulations to Ki Health and Wellness Inc. on the official opening of our wellness centre. 

Ribbon cutting, yoga and wellness demos, door prizes and a special surprise announcement. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018
14 Garrard Road, Whitby, Ontario L1N 3K3
From 12pm to 4pm, all are welcome!

Check out the
KayJay Stitching Creations
Grand Opening Event
Located in Pickering, KayJay Stitching Creations is a boutique clothing company that creates handmade clothing. This mother and daughter team specialize in making unique children’s clothing as well as Mommy & Me matching leggings, shirts, tops, dresses and Daddy & Me hoodies.

Mr. Greg Frankson will be the Master of Ceremonies with guest speaker Jacqueline Bos . Plus a Silent Auction with proceeds going towards a Durham Mental Health Services Program.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Ajax Pickering Board of Trade Boardroom
1pm - 4pm

BACD's Start Up and Business Fundamentals training sessions are designed to help businesses build a strong foundation for their business!  They are free to attend and are held at the BACD offices on a rotating schedule.

To register, go to our events listing page on our website. The sessions are titled 'Business Planning', 'Marketing & Sales' and 'Financials & Operations'.
Save Money on your Business Banking
Bring your banking to AWCCU Financial and save money on your business banking. All BACD referred business accounts enjoy ZERO monthly account fee and transaction fees for the first 6 months. Option to apply for a business line of credit.

Contact directly at  905-728-5187  or visit
Wholesale Academy Course
8-week online program dedicated to helping you scale and grow your business through wholesale!

Course starts Monday, September 10, 2018

Your investment for this one of a kind program is just $349 CDN.
Program runs ONCE A YEAR ONLY, so don’t miss your chance! 
Ignite Capital Competition
Would you like the opportunity to compete for up to $15,000 to start or grow your business?

Ignite Capital is an annual competition that invites emerging Ontario entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital, to compete for up to $15,000 in funding (combination of grant/loan) plus in-kind donations.

Funding is available in four categories: women, youth, immigrant and start-me-up.
Applications Now Open!
Sunday, September 30th 2018
New Management Development Centre (MDC) Professional Programs
The Management Development Centre (MDC), part of UOIT’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT), offers a wide range of results-oriented workshops and certificate programs for professionals.

Subjects include: Professional Management; Not-For-Profit Leadership; Professional Communications; Digital Marketing and Social Media Management; Evaluating User Experience (UX); Visionary Leadership; Coaching for Performance and Mentorship; Excel Essentials for Managers; Fundaments of Project Management; Project Management: Running a Successful Project

To learn more, visit the MDC website: or contact Lydia Stewart-Goodison, Program Assistant, at 905.721.8668 ext. 2822
WSPS Legislation Tracker
Workplace and Safety Prevention Services' Tracker will keep you and your business up-to-date and informed on Federal and Ontario OHS legislative changes. Learn about emerging employer responsibilities and worker rights to ensure you are in compliance.

Visit their website for more information
Thank you to our 2018 Executive Partner
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